The Palmyra-Macedon boys tennis team put together a strong 2012 season, claiming a second-straight Finger Lakes East League title. However, the Red Raiders came up a match short of a Section 5 championship.



Top-seeded Livonia defeated Pal-Mac 4-1 in the Class B finals at Victor High School on Friday.

The Palmyra-Macedon boys tennis team put together a strong 2012 season, claiming a second-straight Finger Lakes East League title. However, the Red Raiders came up a match short of a Section 5 championship.

Top-seeded Livonia defeated Pal-Mac 4-1 in the Class B finals at Victor High School on Friday.

“Give Livonia all the credit in the world,” Red Raiders coach Tane Robinson said. “Their doubles teams were outstanding, they were some of the best doubles teams we’ve seen.”

The Bulldogs’ Gabe Cunningham defeated Matt Wightman at first singles 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; teammate Jeff Julien defeated Jordan Pipes at third singles 6-2, 6-2; Wansi Habte and Pete Sauter defeated Tyler Bordwell and Kris Knapp at first doubles 6-3, 6-1; and Jake Bills and Dillon Fairhead defeated Jacob Ford and David Fisher at second doubles 6-4, 6-2.

It was Bordwell and Knapp’s first loss in match play this season.

Pal-Mac’s lone win came at second singles where Jon VanKouwenberg defeated Cameron French 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4. VanKouwenberg hung in for the win even though the match was already decided and he was the last Red Raider on the court.

“He just kept plugging away,” Robinson said. “Jon has been that way for us all season. He only lost one match during the season. He’s as mentally tough a kid as there is and he’s in real good physical shape as he was able to dig down deep.”

It was the last varsity tennis match for seniors Wightman, Knapp, Bordwell and Ford. The other three starters are sophomores.

Pal-Mac finished the season with an 11-4 record. Robinson said he is proud of what the team accomplished this year. One of his favorite memories was learning that the team won the Finger Lakes East while he was in South Korea to adopt a child.

“I’m just proud of the way they’ve battled throughout the season,” Robinson said. “We’ve had ups and downs, but it’s a nice group of kids and I’m really going to miss coaching them.”